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Porter Batiste Stoltz Live at Blender Theater on 2007-12-29

George Porter's 60th birthday NYC celebration
Set 1
1. tuning/intro
2. Grits and Hurricanes
3. banter - how was The Mule
4. All We Wanna Do
5. All I Do Everyday
6. Norma's House
8. Us & Them
8. banter - Merry Christmas from Russell
9. Name Up In Lights ->
10.A Storm Is Brewing ->
11.Russell Batiste drum solo -> Bring The Flood
12.banter - setbreak announce

Set 2
1. tuning / banter - welcoming Warren, Danny, and Matt
2. Meet Me In The Morning *
3. Honky Tonk Woman *
4. banter - inviting out Andy Hess
5. That's What Love Will Make You Do *+%
6. Cissy With Attitude (AKA Cissy Got The Blues)*+%#
7. banter - how many birthdays I got?
8. Fiyo Lamp -> ^!%@
9. Pass The Peas -> %^@
10.Iko Iko / I Feel Like Funkin' It Up -> %^@~
11.Not Fade Away -> %^@~
12.Look Ka Py Py ^!
13.banter - guest intros / encore break
14.Ouw ->
15.Them Changes

Collection PorterBatisteStoltz
Band/Artist Porter Batiste Stoltz
Venue Blender Theater
Location New York, NY

Source Audience
Lineage Original master recording: Neumann TLM-170 (front row of riser area, just to the left of the SBD) -> Apgee AD1000 -> Teac DAP20 (@16/48) DAT playback: Sony R500 -> Sound Devices 722 digital input (@24/48) Mastered: Soundforge Pro 10.0c - *All file manipulation in Soundforge done at 24 bits*. Volume normalization, Sample rate conversion 48khz to 44.1khz using iZotope 64-Bit SRC set higher than "Highest Quality" setting w/anti-alias filter, and dithering to 16 bits using using iZotope MBIT+ with Ultra noise shaping, with high dither settings. Tracked in CDWav.
Taped by Scott Bernstein
Transferred by Scott Bernstein


* = w/Warren Haynes on guitar (+ vocals on Honky Tonk & That's What Love), Danny Louis on keys, and Matt Abts on 2nd drum kit
+ = w/Andy Hess on bass
$ = w/George Porter on 2nd drum kit (no Matt Abts)
# = w/George Porter on guitar and Warren Haynes on 2nd drum kit
% = w/Karl Denson on sax
^ = w/Jon Gros on keys
! = w/Eric Krasno on guitar
@ = w/Pam Fleming, Buford O'Sullivan, and Jenny Hill on horns
~ = w/Russell Batiste's vocals processed by a vocorder
Karl Denson played also some drums on the 2nd kit at some point (see photo) but it's not clear what song that was during

This show was billed as an Official Government Mule afterparty

Check out the album of photos I posted from this show:

George Porter's 60th Birthday Party 12-29-07

George Porter recently celebrated his 63rd birthday and after I saw him on 1/1/2011 at Sullivan Hall, I was reminded that I taped his spectacular 60th Birthday show at the Blender (now known as the Gramercy) theater here in NYC so was inspired to release it as BARN74. George was actually thrown 2 birthday parties in 2007 -- a NOLA party and then a NYC party, and this is the NYC date. This was a midnight show and billed as an official Gov't Mule post-show party, as Mule was playing at the Beacon uptown on this night as part of their annual New Years' run.

The way it worked out was that PBS (George with Russell Batiste and Brian Stoltz, consisting of 3/4 of the Funky Meters' lineup from the time) played a first set on their own (which was pretty spectacular in its own right -- their cover of Pink Floyd's "Us And Them" hit me by surprise and needs to be heard to be believed, and "Name Up In Lights" and "Bring The Flood" among others bring the heat), followed by a special guest-laden 2nd set, opening with a one-two punch of a Bob Dylan cover followed by a Rolling Stones cover! Of course all of Govt Mule sit in, plus Karl Denson, John Gros, Eric Krasno, and a bunch of other random horn players. The presence of a 2nd drum kit on stage led to some unique (you'll never see this again!) situations such as when George played on the 2nd drum kit for one song, Warren Hanyes on another, and George played guitar for a song.

In terms of recording quality, it sounds really good but there is a touch of minor distortion on the bass, which was definitely coming out of the PA (I remember it not sounding great at all in the room that night), but overall it's pretty good. This room can sound spectacular when mixed correctly (see The Dead show or the God Street Wine shows I taped there for reference), but unfortunatly the mix was just not great on this night.



A rundown of my previous BARN archival releases (all can be found on except as noted):
BARN1 - Col Bruce Hampton and the Code Talkers at Bret & Joyce's wedding 9/17/2005
BARN2 - Col Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit (w/guest Warren Haynes for all of set 2) Wetlands 11/20/1993
BARN3 - moe. Wetlands 7/8/1995
BARN4 - Dan Bern Bottom Line 7/31/1998 (late show)
BARN5 - moe. Birch Hill 10/31/1996
BARN6 - moe. Maxwells 1/20/1996
BARN7 - Dan Bern Central Park Summerstage 9/19/1997
BARN8 - Dan Bern, Bottom Line 8/1/1998
BARN9 - moe. Bayou 4/5/1997
BARN10 - moe. Irving Plaza 4/4/1997
BARN11 - moe. AKA 9/7/1995
BARN12 - Yolk AKA 9/7/1995
BARN13 - Robert Walter/Johnny Vidacovich/James Singleton/Donald Harrison Preservation Hall 4/30/08
BARN14 - Phish Las Vegas, NV 10/31/1998 (on
BARN15 - Phish Great Went @ Loring AFB, Limestone, ME 8/16/1997 (on - by request
BARN16 - Phish Great Went @ Loring AFB, Limestone, ME 8/17/1997 (on, includes orchestra set - by request
BARN17 - Phish Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO, 8/4/1996 (on - by request
BARN18 - Phish Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO, 8/6/1996 (on - by request
BARN19 - Phish Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO, 8/7/1996 (on - by request
BARN20 - Phish Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO, 8/5/1996 (on - by request
BARN21 - God Street Wine, Irving Plaza, NYC 6/24/1993
BARN22 - Leftover Salmon, Wetlands, NYC 10/1/1994
BARN23 - Anders Osborne, Manny's Carwash, NYC 11/5/1997
BARN24 - Anders Osborne, Manny's Carwash, NYC 11/6/1997
BARN25 - moe. Pool Party, Morganville, NJ 6/2/1996
BARN26 - Widespread Panic, Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ 11/7/1992 (on
BARN27 - Stew ["Passing Strange"], The Turning Point, Piermont, NY 4/6/2003 (on
BARN28 - Stew ["Passing Strange"], Joe's Pub, New York, NY 5/22/2003 (on
BARN29 - Percy Hill, Lion's Den, NYC 3/16/1996
BARN30 - Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Irving Plaza, 8/3/1995
BARN31 - Percy Hill, Wetlands, NYC 6/8/1996
BARN32 - Bad Livers, Mercury Lounge, NYC, 11/15/1999 (opening for Leftover Salmon)
BARN33 - Bad Livers, Mercury Lounge, NYC, 11/16/1999 (opening for Leftover Salmon)
BARN34 - G. Love And Special Sauce, Central Park Summerstage, NYC 6/18/1995
BARN35 - The Band, The Great Lawn, Central Park, NYC 5/16/1993 (on
BARN36 - The Band, Mountain Stage Radio broadcast, Charleston, WV, recorded 4/4/1996 (on
*** Start of New Orelans Jazzfest Appreciation mini-series (note that BARN13 technically belongs in this series) ***
BARN37 - Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Tipitina's, New Orleans, LA, 5/5/2008
BARN38 - Steve Kimock Band, Tipitina's, New Orleans, LA, 5/6/2001 (2AM show)
BARN39 - The Funky Meters, Tipitina's, New Orleans, LA, 5/6/2001 (11PM show) (on
BARN40 - Anders Osborne, Tower Records instore, New Orleans, LA, 5/7/2001 (on
BARN41 - Joe Krown Trio w/Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Russell Batiste + special guest Mike Gordon, Tipitina's, New Orleans, 5/5/2008
BARN42 - Russell Batiste and Friends, The Howlin' Wolf, New Orleans, 5/1/2008 (on
BARN43 - Global Noize, The Howlin' Wolf, New Orleans, 5/1/2008 (on
BARN44 - Deep Banana Blackout, The Howlin' Wolf, New Orleans, LA 5/6/2000
BARN45 - Bela Fleck And The Flecktones, The Saenger Theater, New Orleans, LA 5/5/2000
BARN46 - Medeski Martin And Wood, The Saenger Theater, New Orleans, LA 5/6/2000 (on
BARN47 - String Cheese Incident, The Saenger Theater, New Orleans, LA 5/5/2000
BARN48 - Soulive, House Of Blues Parish, New Orleans, LA 5/5/2001
BARN49 - String Cheese Incident, Cajun Queen Riverboat, New Orleans, LA 5/3/2000
BARN50 - New Mastersounds, House Of Blues Parish, New Orleans, LA 5/2/2008
BARN51 - Funky Meters, Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN 6/13/2003
BARN52 - George Porter And The Runnin' Pardners, Village Underground, NYC, 5/19/2001
BARN53 - Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tramps, NYC 10/29/1993 late show
BARN54 - The Meters, Tramps, NYC 5/15/93 late show
BARN55 - The Meters, Tramps, NYC 10/29/93 late show
BARN56 - Wild Magnolias, Wetlands, NYC 2/10/2000
*** end of New Orelans Jazzfest Appreciation mini-series ***
BARN57 - Blues Traveler, Livingston Gym @ Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 4/17/1993
BARN58 - Phish, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 10/29/1998
BARN59 - Jazz Is Dead, Bottom Line, NYC 2/7/1998 (late show only)
BARN60 - Grateful Dead, Cal Expo Amphitheatre, Sacramento, CA 5/27/1993
BARN61 - The Dude Of Life (w/Trey Anastasio and Jon Fishman for entire show, plus Page McConnell for a bunch), Wetlands, NYC 2/5/1994 - on
BARN62 - ALO, High Sierra Music Festival Main Stage, Quincy, CA 7/3/2005
BARN63 - Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon, High Sierra Music Festival Main Stage, Quincy, CA 7/3/2005
BARN64 - Dan Bern, The Bottom Line, NYC 11/11/1998
BARN65 - Galactic, Knitting Factory, NYC 10/18/1997
BARN66 - Bruce Hornsby And The Range, Paramount Theater, NYC 12/7/1993
BARN67 - God Street Wine, Irving Plaza, NYC 8/26/1993
BARN68 - Warren Haynes Midnight Southern Jam - Wetlands, NYC 8/5/1993
BARN69 - Dave Matthews And Friends (Trey Anastasio, Tim Reynolds, Tony Hall, Brady Blade, Ray Paczkowski) Bonnaroo 6/11/2004
BARN70 - Rana at Bret & Joyce's wedding, Whitehall, NY 9/17/2005
BARN71 - Soulive - Baby Juputer, NYC 6/11/1999
BARN72 - Chris Barron, Nightengale Bar, NYC 7/14/1997
BARN73 - Chris Barron, Nightengale Bar, NYC 11/17/1997
BARN74 - George Porter's 60th Birthday w/PBS and friends, Blender Theater, NYC 12/29/2007

Recorded, transferred, mastered, and tracked by Scott Bernstein (2/2-3/2011)


Reviewer: RLBayers - - February 6, 2011
Subject: nice
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